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2023 - 2024 Workshops

December 12, 2023     12:45p – 3:45p

Darcy Lewis



Workshop Fee - $20


Have a star fabric souvenir or remnant? Taking inspiration from Kimono, join us for a workshop to make a top, tunic, or jacket in true kimono fashion – from panels of fabric that create a loose, draped, look that is chic and comfortable. This simple pattern is specifically designed to highlight your special fabrics and integrate them into a garment can be quickly sewn up on the spot but is an easy design for you to take home and adapt to your own style.


Kits will be available for purchase or bring your own fabrics (participants will be sent a supply list in advance). Kit pricing TBA.

Supply List


** Optional materials will be available for purchase at the November meeting and at class **



1 central panel piece – one of the Japanese cotton tenugui pieces, a light tea towel, large handkerchief, whatever special piece or souvenir you’ve picked up that you are dying to incorporate. Sizes and shapes may vary, but should be very approx. the width of your back.


2 yards of fabric in similar weight (cotton or linen if you are using one of the Beautiful Textiles Japanese printed panels) and a complementary color to the central piece.


Optional trims or piping.



Sewing Supplies:


  • Sewing machine, including foot pedal, OTT light if needed, extension cord, and power strip (we will have some available also)

  • Thread and wound bobbin in complementary color

  • Scissors for cutting out pattern, and snips if desired for sewing

  • Tape measure

  • Tailor’s chalk or other marking pen

January 9, 2024     1:00p – 4:00p via Zoom
January 13, 2024 (optional)     
10:00a – 3:00p in person without speaker
January 18, 2024
     10:00a – 1:00p via Zoom

Rachel Derstine


“Advanced Landscape Quilt”

Workshop Fee - $50


More advanced techniques using fusing, non-woven products, paint, stencils, Inktense blocks, and cutting machine. Quilting and facing will be demonstrated and discussed.


A very extensive PDF supply list will be provided prior to class. Participants may choose to purchase supplies for only the techniques in which they are interested.


Participants will have access to the recording of the Zoom workshop for 1 week.


Optional Session (in-person without speaker). Location: Grosse Pointe Public Library. This will be an opportunity to get together and share materials and tools, such as paints, pencils, Inktense blocks, etc., and have the use of electronic cutters (such as Cricut and Scan N Cut). Access to Rachel’s pre-recorded videos demonstrating various techniques will be available. There will be a kit fee (TBD) for this session.

Supply List                                                            Kit Fee - TBD


Supply List:

Fabric - Hand dyed, batik or hand painted cotton fabric –multi color for background
Various shades of green fabrics for leaves, lily pads, etc.
Striped batik for tree trunks, black or gray batik or commercial fabric for rocks.
Various yarns in shades of brown for tree couching.
Backing fabric
Batting - I use Quilter’s Dream Poly Select
Thread - Metallic thread – Madeira Super Twist for couching
Glide thread –for quilting
Evolon - Several large sheets or a pack of small sheets
Pellon Tear Away stabilizer
Parchment Paper – Reynolds
Repositionable Mounting Spray – Scotch or Krylon brands
Fray Check
Paint – Pro Silk and Fabric Paint
OR – Dye-Na-Flow Fabric Paint

Opaque Textile Paints – I just get primary colors, black and white, and mix my own colors. Check out their metallics as they are also yummy.

Jacquard Lumiere acrylics – try just a few metallics – these are amazing.

3/8 Angle Shader Paint Brush

Rectangular 6 well paint tray
Chip brush–get them at hardware store - .30 cents ea.
Habotai silk – 1 yard white (this is wonderful fabric for painting)
Markers – think shadows and shading when choosing colors
Inktense Pencils
Intense Blocks - I prefer the blocks to the pencils
Prepared for Printing Fabric Sheets – Silk and/or cotton

Various Printers work well for printing on fabric at home. Just make sure that your
printer uses DuraBrite Ink.   (Other inkjet inks should work though. Do not use laser printers.)


I will be making available some cut ready black and white images.
You will Upload images of willow leaves, iris, and caladium leaves.
I will have a link to these images. You will need to right click on these images and save
them in your Download Folder. Note the name of the image and the name of the folder
in which you are saving it so you can find it.
Use your own images: Find images with good contrast, simple lines and uncomplicated
backgrounds. Scan some leaves in your printer/scanner.
Check out these videos and websites ahead of time if you wish. If it’s all Greek to you
and you want to just wait until class, that’s OK, too.

How to Open and Convert an SVG File

How to Turn a Picture JPEG to SVG

Remove background
Or use this link and I’ll earn a credit when you sign up

Convert JPEG to SVG


Free Photoshop alternative – online

iPad App for Tracing
Tayasui Sketches

Rapid Resizer for resizing images, making line drawings

Cutting Machine - Cricut
or Silhouette cutting machine

Laptop or iPad – Load the Cricut or Silhouette software onto your device.

Stamina and patience.


        Updated supply lists will be sent to participants prior to the workshop.

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February 13, 2024     1:00p – 3:00p via Zoom
February 14, 2024     10:00a – 12:00p via Zoom

Corrine Phillips


A handmade book for Valentine’s Day

Workshop Fee - $30

 Join Corinne over Zoom and make a handmade book for Valentine’s Day. Or, if you prefer, make it a theme of your choosing – perhaps a garden inspired book or a book to collect your favourite recipes, quotes or poems?

 Corinne will take us through choosing which papers to use; creating content for the book, including pockets and a paper pop up; and binding the pages we have made into the finished article. She emphasizes that she is not a Bookbinder – just an enthusiastic amateur who has made sketchbooks, etc throughout her textile career. This project can be as simple or as detailed as you feel comfortable with.


 It would also be useful to have a stash of your favorite poems that you may wish to add, although Corinne can provide a selection. A full list of supplies will be provided when signing up.

Supply List


A variety of papers: including watercolor paper, decorative papers, vellum, old book pages, and anyrhing else you would like to add to create the pages and pop-ups.


Other Supplies:

  • A bone folder or a similar way to fold your pages

  • Scissors

  • A strong PVA glue

  • Waxed thread

  • An awl or pick for making holes

  • Watercolor paints and brushes if yu wish to create any hand painted vignettes

  • Craft stamps and cutters like heart shapes for the Valentines theme or plant shapes for a garden inspired book



    Think about the theme of your book and how you want to use it: Valentine’s Day, garden inspired, or perhaps a book to collect your favorite quotes, poems, or recipes.

    Look for items and pictures you can use to illustrate the book. Have a stash of your favorites poems that you may wish to include. Corinne will also have a selection of poems available.




Updated supply lists will be sent to participants prior to the workshop.

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March 12, 2024     1:00pm – 2:30pm via Zoom
 12, 2024     3:00pm – 6:00pm via Zoom

Jessica Grady

 Workshop Fee - $35

“Make Your Own Sequins”


Fuse various recycled plastics to make sequin sheets, which will then be cut out in different ways, adding textile foils, and stitching onto fabric to make a sampler.

“Fantasy Florals”

Create beautiful 3D floral designs on fabric, using a range of mixed media materials combined with hand embroidery. Jessica will show you some of her techniques to create the most beautiful blooms including 3D folded petals, beaded stamens, and curling leaves and vines. Discussion will focus on the use of traditional textile materials, and ways to include recycled and waste materials, transforming them into embellished treasure. Participants will make a mini textile sampler of floral ideas, ready to frame as a piece of textile art. Finishing and framing ideas will also be discussed.


Kit Fee - $25 (optional)

     These kits will include some of Jessica’s unique embellishments, BUT must be ordered by

     October 1, 2023 so they will arrive in time for you to pick them up at the December 2023 meeting.


Contact Amira,, if you are interested in ordering a kit.



Supply List                                                            


 Updated supply lists will be sent to participants prior to the workshop.

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April 9, 2024     12:45p – 3:45p
April 10
, 2024     9:30a – 3:30p

Michelle Detering


“Introduction to Watercolor:
A modern approach to the medium using paper and fiber”

Workshop Fee - $60


In this workshop participants will learn the basics of the watercolor medium including watercolor tools, techniques and principles. Participants will learn the basics while creating nature inspired paintings of flowers and birds.  We will also practice using watercolor to dye fabric swatches perfect for slow stitching and practicing using a needle and thread directly on watercolor paper.

  • Tuesday afternoon

Introduction to Watercolor

  • Wednesday

Simple watercolor florals

Loose watercolor bird

Watercolor fabric swatches

Stitching on watercolor paper

Supply List                                                            Kit Fee - $20



        Updated supply lists will be sent to participants prior to the workshop.

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May 14, 2024

Seminar Day - A Member-Only Workshop 

"Manual and Electronic Cutters" 


Presented by Meena Schaldenbrand and Sheryl Hogan

Further information to follow.


Past 2023 - 2024 Workshops

September 12, 2023     12:45p - 3:45p
September 18, 2023    9:30a - 3:30p

Debi Vanden Heuvel


“The Perfect Travel or Everyday Crossbody Bag:

The Redwood Tote by Noodlehead Patterns”

Workshop Fee - $60


Join us as Debi guides us through making this versatile tote, step by step. She will give us many tips and tricks of bag construction from fabric choices and interfacing options to zipper and hardware installation.

This is a mid-sized crossbody tote that will be your go-to bag for everyday use! The short handles make for easy grabbing and the crossbody keeps your hands free! This bag is great for traveling and is perfect for keeping organized.

Special features:

  • front zippered pocket

  • top zipper for keeping everything secure

  • back slip pocket

  • interior slip pocket

  • crossbody adjustable strap

  • short handles for easy grab and go

  • reinforced base!

Supply List                                                            Kit Fee - None


1. Pattern: Redwood Tote by Noodlehead - You must purchase this pattern and bring it with you to the

        September 12th Workshop.  It is available at local quilt shops or
2. Sewing machine in good working order and all feet you have for the machine. (oil if necessary)
3. Fabric:

o Exterior: 1⁄2 yard or 2 fat quarters. Buy more if matching a print.
o Accent: (handles, base, and strap) 1/3 yd
o Lining: 1-1 1⁄4 yard (I added an additional slip pocket to the inside, so this is a little extra than what is stated on the pattern)
o Interfacing:

• woven fusible (Pellon SF101 or similar) 3 yards (or more) if 20” wide
• Decovil light (recommended) or Soft & Stable foam for body, 2 pieces 14” x 15”
• Decovil heavy (or Peltex 72F) – 2” x 11”

o Fabric suggestions: I have used a variety of fabrics for this bag, but I would not recommend it to be completely out of vinyl. Quilting cotton, canvas, home dec, or waxed canvas fabrics are all good for the exterior. A contrast of vinyl for the outside pockets is great (2 pieces 7” x 11”) or that can be the same as the “accent” fabric. Accent fabric can also be vinyl, cotton, or canvas, as desired. I recommend quilting cotton for the lining, but waterproof canvas could also be used (don’t interface.) Handles can be made from fabric, webbing, or a combination of fabric and vinyl. We can discuss this in class.

4. You will need approx. 22” of #5 zipper tape and 2 pulls. I suggest zipper by the yard vs. metal zippers.
5. (2) 1” wide D rings or triangle rings, (2) 1” swivel clasps and (1) 1” strap slider
6. Polyester thread to match or coordinate and a bobbin of the same thread
7. Marking tool – marker, Sewline, Frixion, etc.
8. Rotary mat, ruler, and cutter
9. Needled: size 90/14 Jeans, Microtex, or Topstitch needles.
10. Double Stick tape. 1/8” is recommended if available. I like ByAnnie, Tandy Leather, and Clover brands. (The Clover will need to be divided.) I will bring some if you cannot find it.
11. Sturdy point turner or chop stick
12. Wonder Clips or similar
13. Optional: Handles can be made from leather and rivets can be used to attach them, if desired.
14. Optional: Piping or vinyl can be added to the top of pockets as an accent. Bring extra material if interested.


1. Print out or make a copy of the labels included with the pattern and the page of Cutting Instructions. Cut out labels and attach them to the pieces as you cut them out. Use the cutting instructions as a checklist.
2. If you are comfortable with bag making and want to cut your pieces out before class, you are welcome to do so (but you do not have to!), with these changes:

o Cut interior pocket pieces (2) 14” tall x 13” wide and add interfacing to the back for 2 interior slip pockets. (Cut it once if only doing one pocket.)
o Add woven fusible to all quilting cotton, canvas, and most home dec fabrics and vinyl.
o Don’t fuse interfacing to the straps, connectors, or handles before class.
o Cut Decovil light (2) 15” x 14” but DO NOT fuse them to anything yet!

3. We will discuss interfacings and fabric choices in the first class, so don’t worry if you would rather wait to cut out your pieces. If you have a distinctive pattern to your fabric or a motif that you would like to “fussy cut” for the exterior, this is possible, just let me know.
4. Contact me if you have any questions before class! I’m available!

        Updated supply lists will be sent to participants prior to the workshop.

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October 10, 2023     12:45p – 3:45p
October 11, 2023     9:30a – 3

Jennifer Gould


“Contemporary Embroidery: Exploring Beyond the Basics”      

Workshop Fee - $60


Most textile enthusiasts know the basic stitches of embroidery, such as running stitch, straight stitch, blanket stitch and more. In developing her style and artistic voice in embroidery, Jennifer has worked to expand the ways in which she uses the basic stitches to express more directly - and differently - what she wants her textile work to convey.


With many pages of handouts to illustrate the stitches and more, such as rhythm studies, participants will use their own hand-dyed, printed/painted, or interesting commercial printed/random dyed fabric on which to experiment. Jennifer will have many pieces of her own work on display to demonstrate these unique stitch explorations. Combining collage and using sheers and textured fabrics with these explorations can achieve an exciting level of creativity.

Supply List 


FABRIC: Make sure that the fabric you choose is easy to hand stitch. Check by running a needle through the fabric. If the fabric is dense and you have a hard time pulling it through, save that fabric for machine sewing.


The fabric you bring is up to you. We only have a little over a day to stitch, so small pieces are fine rather than yardage. Hopefully you have some of your own hand dyed and/or hand printed and painted fabric. Otherwise, commercial fabric that has an interesting pattern and inspires you to hand stitch is wonderful. We won’t be printing or painting any, so if you like to stitch on plain white fabric that, in essence, is a blank canvas, then bring that! Most embroiderers like random dyed or printed patterns on their fabric to inspire them. This is totally up to you! Please do bring sheers, such as printed/painted cheesecloth, mesh, tulle, netting, silk or polyester organza. Anything will work, even knit fabric! Think expansively since you may want to work in layers with collaged sheers on top with stitching below and above.


Washed Fabric: It’s a good idea to make sure your commercial fabric and any other fabric is washed. If you haven’t done that yet, use some soda ash and a bit of soap like Dawn Original dishwashing liquid; or Synthrapol, if you usually use it. Do not dry in the dryer unless you don’t use dryer sheets! And line dry.


Other Supplies:

  • Embroidery hoop (optional) if you use one; I don't use a hoop--- in fact I hate using them....... but I will have

a number of them on hand for you to try if you like; if you have or own one, do bring it.

  • Embroidery needles (generally have long eyes, are thin and about 1-1/2" long, and sharp pointed)

  • Embroidery floss: as many colors as you have or wish to work with. (I will have my embroidery floss collection available, too. Don’t go out and buy floss! I will bring a lot.)

  • White craft felt: Yardage or 4-5 individual squares (usually 8-1/2” x 11”)

  • Fabric cutting scissors, snips or embroidery scissors (small scissors are best for cutting floss)

-Please bring any fabric that you have printed/painted or dyed that you want to either possibly work on or show what you have done in the past.



  • If you don’t use a hoop like me, you may want to bring a small board, lap desk, or pre-stretched canvas frame on which to put your work while you’re stitching.

  • Bring any pieces that you've started stitching or that you have stitched in the past.


  • Homework! Think about what colors and images fascinate you and would make you want to explore stitching on that surface. Find drawings (yours and/or other artists) and images (magazines pictures, photos you've taken) that inspire you. Do you like working with plain colored fabric on which to put your stitched "thoughts" or does visual texture make you want to add to it? Do you prefer landscapes and representational images, or do you incline more toward abstracts and non-objective work? If you find images of embroidered/stitched work that inspires and fascinates you, bring those images (if you can).


Contact me if you have questions.  Jennifer Gould at

 Kit Fee - $15  


  Updated supply lists will be sent to participants prior to the workshop.

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November 14, 2023     12:45p – 3:45p
November 15, 2023     9:30a – 3:30

Nanette Mathe


“Manipulating Paper: Momigami, Citrisolve, Gelli Printing”        

Workshop Fee - $60


Three very different techniques will be demonstrated to manipulate paper into different forms.

  • Momigami will turn regular paper into cloth.

  • Citrisolve will change National Geographic magazines into patterns.

  • Gelli Printing will add multi layers of paint, providing interesting patterns on paper.


     The final project will be either a step-by-step manipulation of the papers the student creates into an abstract design, or the student may choose to include found objects or other art forms to experiment with and create something new and exciting representing their own aesthetic.


     My goal for this workshop is to give you an opportunity to create various papers to use in an original design. I will have several examples of how I have used these papers so you can create something similar to mine, or something uniquely your own.

Supply List                                                            Kit Fee - $20


Please bring if you have these items. Nanette will bring extra so please don’t go out and buy a lot of stuff:


National Geographic Magazines – preference is before the year 2000 but any will do.

Various pieces of paper: rice, copy, wrapping, thick, thin, colored, cardstock, newsprint, parchment, construction, tissue, craft, etc.

Acrylic paint – not the professional stuff! I use folk art and cheap acrylic paint. I will have color choices with me also.


In general, bring:


            Newspaper to cover the tables

            Mask for working with Citrisolv

            Gloves to protect your hands. (I will have some with me – size large)

            Spray bottle

            Paper Towels

To create our masterpieces you may want to bring beads, needlework threads, charms or anything else you normally use to embellish your work.


Nanette will bring:


            Extra paper

            Extra acrylic paint



 Updated supply lists will be sent to participants prior to the workshop.

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